BIZBASH LIVE: PLAN-A-THON
SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9 2015, THE BENTLY RESERVE
BizBash Idea Fest

Mentors

David Adler
David Adler

C.E.O. and founder, BizBash

David Adler, a lifelong media executive, is the C.E.O. and founder of BizBash, the leading trade media for the event and meeting industry. He has also been an advisor to the State Department in areas of protocol and events. Previously, he was vice president of corporate communications for Primedia and Macmillan Publishers. Upon graduating from American University, he founded, operated, and successfully sold a society and political magazine for the nation’s capital called Washington Dossier.

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Damon Guidry
Damon Guidry

global event strategist, Adobe

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Suzanne Hanson
Suzanne Hanson

senior creative director, George P. Johnson Experience Marketing

As senior creative director at George P. Johnson Experience Marketing, Suzanne has led teams to create unique brand experiences for companies such as Salesforce, Cisco, and Rodan & Fields. Prior to joining the team, Suzanne worked on a vast range of projects, including large-scale hospitality projects, exclusive nightclubs, luxurious private residences, exhibit design and branded retail installations, and fashion-forward luxury product development and start-up branding. This diverse knowledge base and her collaborative mentality have allowed her to approach any project with a positive and determined attitude.

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Kaia Jacobi
Kaia Jacobi

senior creative account director, Blueprint Studios

Kaia Jacobi began her career in 2004 in event production and began doing design and sales in 2007. She joined forces with Blueprint Studios and has been specializing in activating primarily corporate, high-tech brands in the Bay Area, as well as nationally and internationally. Defining a visual voice for her clients often complex and multi-layered brand I.D. is a source of motivation and challenge she shared.

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Shannon Leahy
Shannon Leahy

owner, Shannon Leahy Events

Shannon Leahy Rosenbaum, owner of Shannon Leahy Events, plans and designs stunning weddings and events from her studio in San Francisco. A Shannon Leahy event is characterized by clean line design, a carefully orchestrated flow, and incredible attention to detail. Shannon has been published in Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides California as well as numerous blogs. Recently named one of San Francisco’s top four planners by 7x7 magazine and one of the top 50 planners in the country by Martha Stewart Weddings, she is renowned for her ability to remain calm in stressful situations and is beloved for her candor and creativity. Clients who come to Shannon for her keen eye for design, her wealth of wedding knowledge and her easygoing nature often become lifelong friends.

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Lori Luna
Lori Luna

vice president of event operations, SheKnows Media

As vice president of event operations at SheKnows Media, Lori Luna oversees the operational and logistical elements for SheKnows Media conferences. Since joining the team in 2009, she has helped grow the conference business from one annual conference a year to additional conferences including SheKnows Media Food, SheKnows Media Entrepreneurs, and SheKnows Media PRO. Luna has more than 12 years of experience in the event and conference industry and has produced events such as Comdex, N+I, and Ad:tech.

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Lakshmi Rengarajan
Lakshmi Rengarajan

director of event design and strategy, Match Events

Lakshmi Rengarajan is director of event design and strategy at Match Events, where the goal is to design events that get people crossing the room and meeting each other. She's especially interested in designing for conversation and finding ways to help Match events complement and fuel the online dating experience. Prior to joining Match, she developed and launched Me So Far, an event series with a focus on creating spaces in the dating world with an emphasis on personal stories and in-person interaction.

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Valerie Ulrich
Valerie Ulrich

vice president of special events, First Republic Bank

As vice president of special events for First Republic Bank, Valerie Ulrich focuses on multi-day employee and client conferences as well as receptions, parties, and dinners for up to 1,600 guests in Northern and Southern California. Since joining the company in 1994, she has created the brand of events for the bank. She is known for her keen eye for detail and creating exciting, unique, and memorable experiences for guests. Valerie manages all aspects of events, including site selection, contract negotiation, budget management, creative aspects, entertainment, and vendor arrangements.

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Kristine Yapp
Kristine Yapp

event marketing manager, Twitter

Kristine Yapp has been in the event industry for more than seven years. She is currently an event manager and strategist on the global business marketing team at Twitter, where she is responsible for major industry events for the revenue team. This includes the Lady Gaga and Katy Perry Tour sponsorships, the Social Good Summit, and the Target Standard Spectacular. Before joining Twitter in 2014, Kristine worked at Mashable and Mother New York, where she managed and produced a variety of music tour sponsorships, festivals, award shows, brand stunts, and conferences.

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